- Soul singer Solomon Burke died yesterday at age 70. In the first half of his career, Burke’s popularity apexed in the 60’s, and though he wasn’t quite as famous as some of those who came after him, he’s remembered as one who set the stage for other soulful singers like Isaac Hayes and Barry White. The 21st Century brought a renewed career for Burke, and his 2002 “comeback album,” Don’t Give Up on Me, won a handful of awards including a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Just last month, Solomon Burke performed a stunning set at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. Burke is survived by his 21 children, 90 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren! Read more here.
- Deerhoof have left their old digs for a new home on the Polyvinyl. The housewarming gift: Deerhoof vs. Evil set for a January 25th (2011!) release complete with a limited punk vinyl edition now available for pre-order.
- You’ve enjoyed the tales of the Golem for centuries, now gaze at Black Francis/Frank Black as he unleashed his own rock opera sound recordings forged from metaphorical clay! The Golem is the latest Black Francis solo creation, due November 16th in a newly minted CD/DVD format after being originally available in limited quantities.
- Do you need Oh, Inverted World, the debut album from The Shins in ballet form? Of course you do, so San Francisco’s Sarim Ballet Company for making your weird fantasy a reality:
- Nothing says double the pleasure, double the fun quite like a split release. Imagine the rushes of indie glee that shall commence at this bit of news: Broken Social Scene and The Sea and Cake will share 7 inches of wax October 26th courtesy of Arts & Crafts.
- Gorillaz stuck around after a recent David Letterman appearance to regale the studio audience with a 45 minute performance at legendary Ed Sullivan Theater. Considering cameras and sound equipment were readily available, the show was tapes for your viewing pleasure.
- My Morning Jacket and Broken Bells are hitting talk shows hard this week. Other highlights include local band Brad on Jimmy Fallon, the xx on Kimmel, and M.I.A. on Leno.
Monday, October 11
David Letterman: Mark Ronson with Q-Tip and MNDR
Jimmy Kimmel: The xx
Jimmy Fallon: Brad
Carson Daly: The Walkmen (R)
Ellen DeGeneres: Broken Bells
Tuesday, October 12
David Letterman: My Morning Jacket
Carson Daly: Broken Bells
Wednesday, October 13
Jay Leno: M.I.A.
Jimmy Kimmel: Mark Ronson
Jimmy Fallon: My Morning Jacket
Thursday, October 14
read a book
Friday, October 15
Ellen DeGeneres: Florence and the Machine